I had to cancel Saturdays crew due to weather. Sorry Emmerson & JT, are we still on for this weekend? We got the stars aligned an made a late exit this morning with Anthony and Joey. Decided to play it safe an exit around 6am in the light instead of the usual darkness. Was greeted at the SLI with a SW wind and great conditions near shore.
Hit the normal spots for runners then headed offshore for some Sardines and Cigar minnows. The current was ripping in 60ft and it was hard to hold on top of the bait so it took awhile to catch enough to start fishing. On the last drift over the wreck a cobia came up with the stinger of sardines but disappeared in short order.
Decided to put the riggers out here and start slow trolling some liveys around in 60ft of water. It wasn't 15 minutes and we had on a Bonita. Then when we stopped the boat to allow Joey to fight the fish I spot a Sailfish slicing through the water towards the other bait at the same time Anthony says something is playing with his bait.
SAILFISH on... Anthony switches poles with Joey and he is on his first ever Sailfish.
Being that this was his first, we brought him onboard for a few quick pics and back in the water. He was released swimming away in great shape. Congrats Joey on your first Sailfish. You will never forget this one, that is for sure.
Heres a couple of Videos of Joeys first Sailfish. Just click the pics below:
We decided to run out deeper in search of something edible and quickly got a kingfish runoff in 120ft but came unglued. Trolled south towards to the AJ spot and dropped down a runner here in hopes of bending another rod. Current was ripping here and it was too fast to hold the bait down so we gave that idea up.
Rigged up 4 ballyhoos from Rays Offshore Tackle (Thanks again TJ for all your help yesterday, hope those Double Chocolate DD's were tasty :king: )
As we were letting out the rigs mine gets nailed immediately and I handed off the fin to Joey to fight.
Congrats on some dinner Joey :thumbup:
Trolled around for another hour and was getting ready to pull in the lines when a new rig (Thanks again TJ for the tip on this lure. It produced first time out) gets nailed by another fin.
We got him boat side and left him hanging while we tossed some liveys and brought in a couple more fins during this brief Chinese fire drill.
Called it a day and made the long wet ride in, in sloppy conditions.
How did you all do today?
Tip of the day:
To save on some mulla save some of those empty bosses of soda and fill them with ice and stack them in the freezer (learned this one from a fellow forum member an wanted to pass this along especially with these higher gas prices, we need any break we can get). Also pick yourself up a couple of large tupperware containers and fill those with water and freeze as well. Have your crew bring a bag of ice and place the plug in your fish box and those fishes will stay cold all day long.
One of Rays rigs: